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Manual always says to check it NOT on the stand. Bike has to be level other wise you get a low oil level indication.
 

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Thanx noobiepin--

I didn't see that in the manual-- but I am not the sharpest knife in the butcher block either!!


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I didn't see that in the manual-- but I am not the sharpest knife in the butcher block either!!
Actually whoever designed it to check it that way was not the sharpest designer. Now you need two people to check your oil, or you have to have it on a lift. I thought checking oil was supposed to be a quick and easy process. :eek:
 

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I did it the way the manual said and got it spot on. Then I leaned it over on the kickstand and took another reading. It has about 3/8" of oil on the end of the dipstick when on the side stand and at the right level so that's how I check it now.
 

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My concern with the 3/8" sides stand would be the road or surface your bike is on when you put it on the side stand could be far from level. As your side stand pad wears it also effects the lean angle. I would think if you want to be correct the only way to do it is to have the bike level. I have found that Vics use very little oil. So far I my bike hasn't dropped any noticeable amount between oil changed. I check it a few times between changes so for me it isn't that big of deal:)
 

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My concern with the 3/8" sides stand would be the road or surface your bike is on when you put it on the side stand could be far from level. As your side stand pad wears it also effects the lean angle. I would think if you want to be correct the only way to do it is to have the bike level. I have found that Vics use very little oil. So far I my bike hasn't dropped any noticeable amount between oil changed. I check it a few times between changes so for me it isn't that big of deal:)
Uh yup. I wasn't trying to say anyone else should use this method. I check my oil in the same spot in my garage all the time and I double check by putting the bike vertical every once in a while just to be sure. So far I haven't seen a change in oil level either way so I'm even happier to see the engine not using any oil at all.

Your mileage may vary....
 

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I like the side stand idea. I just didn't figure it would even register that way.
I always check my oil on a level surface, so I wouldn't worry about it not being accurate. I am going to check it with the bike standing up and then on the side stand to verify this.
It is a pita in my opinion trying to hold the bike upright with one hand ,and checking the oil with the other hand. I have a hard time telling if the bike is actually straight up while holding the bike up and holding my mouth just right and.....
 

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I just took a few short pieces of 2x4's and nailed them together to make a block that I slide under the frame and holds the bike straight up. Cheapest and most used "tool" in the garage. Use it when washing, detailing, just about everything.
 

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Kinda funny harley softail always was check straight up for 15 years then there light bulb came on and they changed the dip stick so you could check on the side stand.
If victorys light bulb would come on it would be great. I changed my oil started the bike so the filter was full and with the bike on the kick stand I marked the dip stick where full was. Every now and then a 2x4 under the kick stand and do the check nothing changes its always right on.
Bottom line do it the way that makes you feel good.
 

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So, what's the best way to stand the bike straight up and down?
Front wheel Chock Stand?
2x4 under the kick stand?

I probably should just mount a chock stand in my garage...
 

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When the salesman gave me the walk thru on my bike the day I was picking it up he told me to have the bike on the stand, remove the dipstick, wipe it off, then put it all the way back in, sit on the bike stand it upright for a few seconds then return it to the stand and recheck the dipstick. The oil mark will still be on the dipstick when you remove it. (unless you go and crack a beer before rechecking)
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I started on sitting on the bike and checking then I went to a 2x4 under the kick stand.
Then I did a oil change and made sure it was were it should be then I put it on the kick stand found the line and with a hack saw made my own line.
I have checked it a dozen times and am good. Why Vic doesn't make a longer dip stick with new marks is beyond me.
Back in 85 when harleys softail came out it was check straight up and down. Then in 05 the light bulb came on and you check it on the side stand now.
It sure takes time for the know it all's to know it.
 

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Boys. This is so easy. While the oil is warm, just stand on the belt and dipstick side of the machine and tip it upright for a few seconds. Put it back down on the stand and check the oil. The oil is going to remain on the dipstick for a while once you set it upright and it climbs up the stick. Done.
 

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I just took a few short pieces of 2x4's and nailed them together to make a block that I slide under the frame and holds the bike straight up. Cheapest and most used "tool" in the garage. Use it when washing, detailing, just about everything.
I copied your idea and it worked great for my oil change.
 

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I must be missing something here. I have to agree with PrarieSon. Why use blocks, etc. and complicate matters. If the bike is leaned to the side, the level on the dipstick should be lower than when the bike is standing level.
Sit on the bike to make level, lean back on the stand, pull dipstick and check the level. The oil level on the stick will accurately show the "level" position. Make sure you screw the dipstick all the way in for accuracy.
 

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not really seeing the problem here....I grab an oil rag, get on the bike,stand it up straight, lean over, remove the stick and check it.
 
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